Hi, Jason, Today after listening to too many self-talk excuses for not exercisinig, I read your posting. It was just what I needed to get over the hurdle of "don't want to"into the greener pastures of "I will." Your reasoning is convincing, full of good principles for living well, and loving. Plus you are a talented writer. Thank you, thank you! Mary
As I was reading this article I noted my motivator gauge was increasing...............!
It was nice to know, it doesn't happen to just ME!
Something else happened when I was walking the other day. Instead of watching my clock to see how much longer I had to walk, I started listening to an audio book my first ever......I missed my turn?!! Walked right past it!! Lol I started laughing.......TRUST me that has never happened to me exercising!
This article was great!!! I struggle with this same fight everyday, so it was amazing to see that I am not alone. This was truly encouraging...
5/18/2012 12:17:17 PM
You said it all! Confessions of a personal trainer. I've always thought of personal trainers as over achievers--never tiring--always up for a challenge. Thank you for showing your humanness. You've given me even more motivation to stick with it. Spark People is the best website anywhere!
I realize this article has been out there for awhile, but I just came upon it. I too love it! It is not about how much sleep you're getting (or not), or what time you start your workout, or about legitimate REASONS for not working out. It is about the battle many of us have with ourselves, and the commitment it takes to follow through with our decision to take care of our bodies. Our excuses can sound like very good reasons, and you are correct in saying that we can justify and talk ourselves out of anything if we listen to ourselves long enough. It can be difficult to be honest with ourselves. In the end, we have to live with the decisions that we made on a daily basis.
I can't thank you enough for this article. I really needed to hear it. Like you, I have to be up at 4:45 to get in a workout before work. Unlike you, I have been losing this fight lately. Thanks for reminding me of all the reasons I don't want to lose it! I remember how much better I felt when I DID routinely get up at this absolutely absurd hour and hit the gym. And yes, a grown woman feels a little silly going to bed with the toddlers. But honestly, what do I miss out on? A couple of hours of mind-numbing television? No, thanks!
6/21/2011 5:40:39 PM
I'm with those who wonder what time you go to bed. I am 58 and in considerable pain. I do exercise pretty much daily, but the length of time depends on how my body is, and what obligations I have any given day. I will not sacrifice sleep for a compulsive workout. I never did like Nike's motto, because it is unrealistic. It is up to individuals to identify which of their reasons are rationalizations and which are valid. If Just Do It works for you, bravo. It doesn't work for everybody. It is good to see a range of opinions on SP.
6/21/2011 4:12:12 PM
Up at 4:45 every morning... KILL ME NOW... this is exactly the sort of argument for running or exercising that turns me off and shuts me down. If I have to sacrifice sleep to exercise, then sleep will always win out.
Thank goodness, this is not written in stone and people can exercise at whatever time suits them. I try to get in a short 15 minute walk at lunch and then 1 hour at night after dinner... much more civilized if you ask me.
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